Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (Back Row/L-R) Joanne Sanders (Chamson Chair), Patrick Garcia (Patzcuaro Chair), Barry Walner (Bocce Sonoma), George McKale (Treasurer and Aswan Chair), Hans Steuck (Vice-President) (Front Row/L-R) Sylvia Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair), Monica Menco (Communications and Public Relations Director), Diana Short (Greve Chair), Farrel Beddome (President), Violet Espiritu (Secretary), Gigi Pfleger (Membership)  Not Picured:  Joan Toth (Tokaj Co-Chair) and Jack Ding (Compliance)

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Ms. Laurie Gallian, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

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Click on The Chinese Legacy Project to learn about the Ting.

Take part in the Chinese New Year’s Festivities and welcome the “Year of the Rooster” with Sonoma Sister Cities Association on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 12:00pm until 4:00 pm at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California 95476.  Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Weatherman Joel Bartlett, this important fundraiser will support the Association’s Penglai, China committee’s “Wine Country Legacy Project”.

For tickets, click HERE.

Upcoming Events – Including Chinese New Year 2017

  • happy-year-of-roosterClick HERE to learn more about the SPSSC 2017 Chinese New Year Luncheon Extravagana, Sunday, January 29, at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, noon – 4:00pm.
  • Click HERE to buy your Chinese New Year Luncheon tickets now. We expect a full house so act now.
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       Learn About The Chinese Legacy Project!